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From "Pierre De Rop (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (FELIX-5516) Allow to not dereference services internally
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:56:41 GMT
Pierre De Rop created FELIX-5516:

             Summary: Allow to not dereference services internally
                 Key: FELIX-5516
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FELIX-5516
             Project: Felix
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Dependency Manager, Dependency Manager Lambda
    Affects Versions: dependencymanager-2.0.1
            Reporter: Pierre De Rop
            Assignee: Pierre De Rop
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: org.apache.felix.dependencymanager-r9

by default, DM always dereference Service References. But sometimes you simply don't want
that. You just want to be injected with a ServiceReference, and depending on the
service properties, then you may want to dereference yourself the service. Or if you want
to use ServiceObjects API, then you want to take control and you don't want that DM
always systematically dereference the service dependencies.

It is possible to auto-detect if a service dependency callback only needs a ServiceReference,
but internally this would require a lot of modification, especially in the sate machine.

For now, the safest and simplest thing to do is simply to add a "dereference(boolean)" method
in the ServiceDepenrency interface, which will allow the users to configure whether or not
the service reference should or should not be automatically dereferenced by DM:

public interface ServiceDependency {
     * Configures whether or not this dependency should internally obtain the service object
for all tracked service references.
     * By default, DM internally dereferences all discovered service references (using 
     * <code>BundleContext.getService(ServiceReference ref)</code> methods. 
     * However, sometimes, your callback only needs the ServiceReference, and then you don't
want to dereference the service.
     * So, in this case you can use the <code>dereference(false)</code> method
in order to tell to DM 
     * that it should never internally dereference the service dependency internally. 
    public ServiceDependency dereference(boolean dereferenceServiceInternally);

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